Animal Tracks And Plaster Casting
There are many different animal tracks at Golden Stable Wood such as deer, badger and fox. On the nature trails you can find the tracks. Some tracks are hard to find but others stand well in the soil. When you find a good print you will be able to use it as a mould for plaster cast. To make the plaster cast you are given some plaster of Paris, water, a collar, a bucket and a stirring stick. Mix the plaster of Paris with the water while a friend puts the collar in the ground around the print. When the plaster is thick an enough pour it into the collar. Leave it to set while you walk the nature trail. When the plaster has set take off the collar by pushing and twisting it.
To find animals there are many signs such as footprints, droppings, pellets and feathers. Most of Golden Stable Wood shows these signs. The Badger print is a strange shape and rather rare to find. Deer prints are more common and are easier to see. They look like a small horse hoof but not joined at the top. We took a plaster cast of a Deer print and took it back to school.
Jessica and Charlotte.
One of the few amazing activities we did at Golden Stable Wood was bug hunting.
We each set off with a bug- pot to catch some fascinating creepy-crawlies. To do this we had to over-turn logs to find their habitat. We came up with some great minibeasts such as ants, spiders, ground beetles, centipedes, millipedes, worms, slugs (UGH!!!) and other weird and wonderful creatures.
This place also had lots of magnificent leaf-skeletons that were caused by Red Worms and bacteria.
There is lots of great stuff to do on this activity and we strongly recommend it.
By Ashley, Glyn and James.
We had a few minutes to go pond dipping with 2 nets, a plastic tub with water in, a tray and 4 spoons.
Firstly, Louise and Vicki had the 2 nets and scooped their nets through the water. They then emptied the nets into the tray for Jake and Mozza to separate the leaves/pondweed and the creatures. Then they emptied the creaturesinto the tub filled with water. They caught a lesserwater boatman, a common pond snail, a fresh watershrimp and tons of caddis fly larvae.
By Jake, Mozza and Vicki.
Shelter Building At Golden Stable Wood
When we went to Golden Stable Wood one of themain attractions was shelter building, out of wood found in the forest. We had 2 teams which were girls against boys. The girls built a great shelter, which held 5 of us. The boys also built a great one but it only held 2 people though. However, they won by 5 points because theirs was more camouflaged! It also was low to the ground and would retain body heat well.
It was really great fun and we would recommend it to anybody who goes there.
By Katy Copland, Natalie Fitzgerald & Louise Phillips
Very comfy! What about hot tea?
Looking for Jake? A well camouflaged shelter!
We thought all the activities on offer were fun and could be quite exciting. There were lots of others which included:
Following the farming year
This activity includes feeding spring lambs and watching them grow. Also you can see the changes of the farm all year round and learn about crop cycles, soils and the farm machinery.
Trees and woodland trails
Learning about andidentifying leaves, seeds, bark, twigs, the shape, colour and management of trees and woodland habitats.
Seeing animals at North Frith Farm, identifying and catching small mammals, finding signs of wildlife, learning about life cycles.
Pond dipping to learn about freshwater animals and freshwater foods and finding out what type of animal you are looking at.
Mini beast safaris
Learn how to catch mini beasts, find out what food they eat and where you can find them.
Butterflies and moths
Learn how to find butterfly trails, butterfly conservation and the different habitats where they are found.
Track, trails and signs
Learn how to track an animal by looking at droppings, footprints, pellets and feathers.
Finding and identifying birds, learning bird songs, knowing when they migrate, looking in nesting boxes and what they feed on.
Flower and fungi forays
Learn how to identify flowers by structure and where they grow and sketching flowers.
Discovering freshwater fish
Find out how freshwater fish reproduce, grow, keep healthy and feed. learn about common food webs.
Finding bats, moths, owls, glow worms, rabbit, deer, foxes and badgers.
Go on quiz trails and scavenger hunts. Take part in environmental games, initiative challenges and join in some wild singing!
by Charlotte and Vicky